"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-23-2014, 10:36 AM   #3371
Master Chef
 
Chief Longwind Of The North's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: USA,Michigan
Posts: 9,229
When she was young, my eldest sibling used to do her eye makeup in the visor mirror while driving. I've known other women who did that two. I always made a fuss about it if I was in the car with them.

I was driving south on I-75, just north of Saginaw Michigan when I noticed a very large pickup truck coming toward me from the rear, at a high rate of speed. Just when I thought he was getting too close, he backed off. I continued watching him from my rear view mirror. His driving was eratic. He would surge forward, making me nervous, then back off again. This went on for about five miles. I was on a 3 lane part of the highway at that point and pulled into the right hand lane, to get away from this clown.

I have my driver side, outside mirror pointed so that I have elliminated blind spots in my car. I watched the guy through my driver's side mirror, and was glad I did. The guy who had been in front of me was getting the same treatment by the erratic driver as I'd seen. Suddenly, this idiot surges forward and pulls into my lane, forcing me off of the road. I was certainly glad I had my mirrors set up the way I do as he would have been in the blind spot found in most cars. I was able to avoid a collision from this clown. I had some choice words for the guy, none of them swear words. I have no clue how someone can drive as badly as he did, unless he was drunk or something.

One time in San Diego area, I was driving on highway I15 South at 2 a.m. I was in the far right hand lane, you know, the slow lane,doing the speed limit, which was at that time double nickle. This goofball in a convertable sports car started tailgating me. Now mind you, I was on a four lane highway with no other cars on the road. Finally, the pinhead, yes, you heard me right, the pinhead moved into the next lane and passed me, flipping me the bird as he did so.

I really hope that my religious beliefs are correct, and that there will be an accounting at the end of it all. People who purposely drive dangerously, and show no courtesy on the road should be restricted from driving, IMHO.

Can I drive fast, and a bit crazy by most people's standards, ask P.A.G. about my winter driving skills. And yet, I've never done it in such a way as to put anyone else at risk. I normally drive the speed limit, or drive appropriately for the conditions. I have been known to push the envelope when I let emotions cloud my better judgement on the rare occasion. But then again, I know the limits of my abilites, honed by dirt-biking, snowmobiling, and other such activities both on ice, and in places where a tree limb could knock you off of your vehicle, or you could plow into an immovable tree. It quickens your reflexes, and forces you to watch everything all the time. If not, it just hurts. I don't play on the road, never have. I saved my motorized play for ice, and dirt, and clay, and mud, and all kinds of snow.

But the point of this is that we all have to be both courteous, and responsible on the road. If a situation suddenly develops, it's a very good thing to know your vehicle, and what it can and can't do, and what you can and can't do.

Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North

S
__________________

__________________
“No amount of success outside the home can compensate for failure within the home…"

Check out my blog for the friendliest cooking instruction on the net. Go ahead. You know you want to.- http://gwnorthsfamilycookin.wordpress.com/
Chief Longwind Of The North is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 04:59 PM   #3372
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,041
My daughter works for the RMV. So she has to keep her driving record clean if she wants to keep her job. When she comes across an idiot that is tailgating she learns on her horn as if there is something in front of her and then slows down. It gets the tailgaters attention. He can't see in front of her and has no idea of what might be up ahead that is a problem. But it makes that driver more alert and stops the tailgating. Using your cell phone is also illegal here. So she refuses to answer her phone when she is driving. If the person keeps her phone ringing or keeps calling her, she will pull off into a parking lot or driveway to find out what is going on. She now realizes that most of the time it is her daughter with her latest disaster in life. "Pick me up some nail polish remover." Or some such foolishness. My kids are about the only people I feel safe with when in a vehicle. Sometimes I get very nervous in the pickup vans that Winthrop sends out for me. There is a really serious curve on the road to Winthrop. You are going from straight East to directly West in that curve. A lot of drivers take that curve really fast. I hold my breath every time.
__________________

__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2014, 08:21 AM   #3373
Head Chef
 
tinlizzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 2,003
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
The older I get the more convinced I become that I'm the only good driver on the road!

How is your hand doing!
Seems to me there are worse things than driving like a little old lady. Especially since that is my only choice.

My cut hand -- turned out to include a severed nerve in my finger. I'm finished now with a few months of occupational therapy, and it's gradually improving. Doc, the hand surgeon, says it will probably be close to a year before it feels normal again. Nice of you to ask, Bea.
__________________
No matter how simple it seems, it's complicated.
tinlizzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2014, 09:58 AM   #3374
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,005
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinlizzie View Post
Seems to me there are worse things than driving like a little old lady. Especially since that is my only choice.

My cut hand -- turned out to include a severed nerve in my finger. I'm finished now with a few months of occupational therapy, and it's gradually improving. Doc, the hand surgeon, says it will probably be close to a year before it feels normal again. Nice of you to ask, Bea.
Glad to hear you are on the mend!

Nothing wrong with driving like a little old lady, just ask Jan and Dean!

__________________
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2014, 06:22 PM   #3375
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: upper midwest
Posts: 5,171
Quote:
Originally Posted by taxlady View Post
When someone tailgates me, I get nervous. When I get nervous, I drive slower. I often tap my brakes to signal that I don't want to be tailgaited. It even works more often than not.
I hate it when they come speeding up behind you and don't pass until they are almost on your bumper. Why wait so long when they know they are going to pass. Its a 4 lane highway for goodness sake.
__________________
Don't let yesterday take up too much of today. Will
Rogers
JoAnn L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2014, 06:46 PM   #3376
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,882
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoAnn L. View Post
I hate it when they come speeding up behind you and don't pass until they are almost on your bumper. Why wait so long when they know they are going to pass. Its a 4 lane highway for goodness sake.
Oh yeah, those, I hate that too.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2014, 10:31 PM   #3377
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,041
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoAnn L. View Post
I hate it when they come speeding up behind you and don't pass until they are almost on your bumper. Why wait so long when they know they are going to pass. Its a 4 lane highway for goodness sake.
Because they think you should be driving in the slow lane and are trying to force you over where they think you belong. Don't let them. Just stick to the speed limit.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2014, 12:08 AM   #3378
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: upper midwest
Posts: 5,171
Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
Because they think you should be driving in the slow lane and are trying to force you over where they think you belong. Don't let them. Just stick to the speed limit.
But I am in the slow lane to begin with. So I don't know what their problem is.
__________________
Don't let yesterday take up too much of today. Will
Rogers
JoAnn L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2014, 11:11 AM   #3379
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Posts: 3,029
Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
Because they think you should be driving in the slow lane and are trying to force you over where they think you belong. Don't let them. Just stick to the speed limit.

In PA it is illegal to drive in the left lane unless you are passing or making a left turn. So if someone comes up behind you in the left lane you are to move to the right lane and let them pass regardless of how fast they are going. The exception is if the right lane is full and you cannot pull over. DH thinks the left lane was invented for him and everyone else should stay out of it. LOL
__________________
CarolPa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2014, 01:31 PM   #3380
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,370
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarolPa View Post
...DH thinks the left lane was invented for him and everyone else should stay out of it. LOL

That's fine in PA, but in MA he should know the left lane belongs to me.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.